ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi will address a joint session of Parliament today (October 6) which will mark the last parliamentary year of the National Assembly, ARY News reported on Thursday.
According to a notification issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan, the session has been called in accordance with Articles 54(1) and 56(3) of the Constitution. It said that the President has called the session on the recommendation of the Central Government.
President Arif Alvi will address the joint session of both the Houses of Parliament, the Senate and the National Assembly at 05:00 PM.
Under clause three of Article 56, the President must address Parliament after each general election and the first session of the parliamentary year in order to inform MPs of the “reasons for its summons”.
The President was scheduled to address a joint sitting of Parliament since the start of the National Assembly’s parliamentary year on 14 August.
Earlier in September, National Assembly (NA) President Raja Pervez Ashraf postponed the joint sitting of Parliament scheduled for the third time on 22 September by another month without assigning any reason.
The official notification in this regard said that the Speaker in exercise of the “powers conferred by the provision of Rule 4 of the Parliament (Joint Meeting) Rules, 1973” delayed the joint sitting.
In August, President Arif Alvi offered to play his part in bringing politicians to a table and said he was ready to speak to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and PTI chairman Imran Khan.
Speaking to senior reporters at the Governor’s House, Arif Alvi had said that the political leadership should think about the current political and economic situation and sit at a table to resolve the issues by setting aside their egos.
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“The president has a constitutional role and I am ready to play any role to mediate between political leaders,” he said, adding that he is ready to talk to Shahbaz Sharif and Imran Khan for the country’s sake.